Adler speaks at the Corcoran to promote the opening of his Georgetown store, one of 18 worldwide.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Jonathan Adler home decor and furniture store will open at 1267 Wisconsin Ave., the former location of GapKids. In preparation for the July opening of his new Georgetown location, the distinguished artist and sought-after luxury interior designer will pop in to the Corcoran for an intimate chat, eager to share his inspiration, evolution and latest collection. Expect to leave feeling well “Happy Chic.”
“A lot of my references have a sort of updated take on the WASP-y country-club style that is very Georgetown,” says Adler, who started his design life as a potter. “Georgetown is one of those singular places in the world with such a distinct character. I like to put my stores in places that I really like spending time in. I’m really looking forward to being there.”
Adler also fondly recalls that Washington is the first town where he tried both sushi and Ethiopian food.
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About Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler was born in 1966 in a New Jersey farm town. Adler is a Jewish-American designer renowned for his “happy chic” approach to home furnishings and interior design. Adler launched his eponymous line of furniture and accessories in 1993 and began taking interior design clients in 2002. A potter by trade, Adler sold his first designs to Barneys New York in 1993 and opened his first retail store in Manhattan in 1998. His company has since expanded to include 18 retail stores nationwide, a thriving e-commerce site, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations worldwide. Adhering to the company motto “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” Adler has developed a unique style that mixes modernist forms with bold colors and “groovy” graphics. Offerings include decorative objects, tabletop collections, bath accessories, bedding, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, and lighting. Adler now lives in Palm Beach, Fl.
ABOUT THE CORCORAN
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded institution, was founded in 1869. It was America’s first dedicated art museum and today is Washington’s largest nonfederal museum of art. It is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. In addition, a dynamic schedule of special exhibitions is complemented and enhanced by a range of educational programming, which together seek to enrich perspectives, support the local arts community, and encourage interpretation.
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500 17th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
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